Dallas—During a week that included a Paris-meets-American West themed fashion show, Neiman Marcus this week awarded Karl Lagerfeld, designer and artistic director at Chanel, with The Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion.
Created in 1938 by Stanley Marcus, the award was developed to bring emerging designers from Europe and America into public awareness. The award is given to those who have made a distinctive contribution to the world of fashion by designing, promoting, or wearing fashion in a way that influences the public.
‘People Dream about Dallas…’
An awards luncheon, hosted by Karen Katz, chairman/ceo, Jim Gold, president of Neiman Marcus Specialty Retail, and Anna Wintour, Conde Nast artistic director and editor-in-chief of Vogue, coincided with the Chanel Metiers d’Art show, which took place December 10 at Fair Park, Dallas’s historic exhibition venue.
“This award is only half mine,” said Lagerfeld during a private lunch that included his pal, socialite Lynn Wyatt. “Half is to the legacy of Chanel, the spirit of Chanel, because we wouldn’t be here without that. And to the management of Chanel… especially those who made the fashion show possible. This is a thing which took a year to get together. I’m happy to do it in Texas… I love Texan people, and the top of the list is Mrs. Wyatt. And I don’t see any other place in America that I really wanted to make a show… Dallas is the right place. People dream about Dallas in Europe; they have a special idea about what Dallas is.”
More than 100 luminaries have received the award since its inception. Past honorees include Coco Chanel, Princess Grace of Monaco, Estee Lauder, Bill Blass, Greer Garson, Oscar de la Renta, Giorgio Armani and Richard Avedon. Stanley Marcus received the Award at the Neiman Marcus gala celebrating his 90th birthday in 1995. Lagerfeld won the award in 1980 and is the first recipient to win the award twice.